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  • Discharge

     
     

    Technology and mechanization are constantly improving supply chain management and an increasing number of bulk containers go directly from the quay or container station to the roasting plant. Here they are discharged, automatically and by a single person (sometimes the driver of the vehicle).

    At the roasting plant or silo storage facility the container truck is backed onto a reception pit where the seals are checked and cut. The doors are opened, the liner is cut and the container is then gradually angled upwards by the lorry's tilt-chassis, causing the coffee to pour out. The tilting mechanism is plugged into the computerized reception mechanism, which then controls the rate of tilt and hence the rate of pour. Once the discharge is complete the liner is removed and put away for dispatch to a recycling plant. This is a far cry from when bags had to be unloaded, cut open and tipped out manually.

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